When you’re on a tight budget, toast can be the easiest and most budget-friendly way to satisfy your hunger. And depending on the toast toppings you use, you can enjoy toast for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert.
If you have a sweet tooth, you may like a drizzle of honey or some fruity jam on top of your toast. If you’d like something more filling, you’ll probably want a high-fiber option like hummus. And if you would like to try something a bit more unusual, cocoa nibs with ricotta cheese might be the way to go.
So if you’re getting bored of plain old buttered toast, consider trying some of the topping ideas on this list. With just a little bit of creativity, you can customize your toast into something special!
If you’re living in the twenty-first century, you’ve probably heard people raving about avocado toast at least once. It’s become one of the most popular brunch foods! So if you haven’t tried it yet, here’s your chance to give it a shot. Avocado has a creamy texture and mild taste that pairs well with a crispy slice of bread. It’s pretty nutritious, too—it has several essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and fiber. Avocado is good enough to serve as a stand-alone toast topping. But if you’re hoping for something a bit more flavorful, here are a few popular additions to avocado toast:
- Salt and pepper
- Chili flakes
- Olive oil
- Sliced tomatoes
While people typically enjoy hummus on naan or sliced vegetables, it can also go great on a slice of toasted bread. This delicious Middle Eastern spread’s main ingredients are chickpeas, tahini sauce, and various oils. It’s pretty easy to make from scratch, but if you want to keep things simple, you can find it at nearly any grocery store. Hummus can come in several different flavors. If you’re trying it for the first time, it may be best to opt for plain hummus. But if you’d like to try something more unique, you can find hummus in flavors like garlic, roasted red pepper, pine nut, or everything bagel seasoning. You can even find chocolate-flavored hummus if you’re seeking something sweet!
While most people use ricotta cheese for baked pasta, it has plenty of other uses! In my opinion, this rich and creamy cheese tastes yummy on toasted bread. It’s a great source of protein and calcium, so if you’d like a nutritious way to start your day, consider giving this toast topping a try. This cheese is tasty enough to work as a topping on its own. However, ricotta toast is even better when you pair it with another topping. Here are a few topping ideas that’ll liven up your ricotta toast:
- Strawberry or raspberry jam
- Sliced salmon
Cream cheese isn’t just for bagels—this soft cheese can make an excellent toast topping! Cream cheese toast can be the perfect choice for when you’re craving bagels but forgot to buy some at the store. Of course, I find it to be a delicious snack in its own right. Are you not a fan of plain cream cheese? Consider trying it in a different flavor! Many people overlook the other varieties of cream cheese on the market, but trying a different flavor can truly enhance your experience. Here are a few popular cream cheese flavors:
- Green onion
- Cinnamon brown sugar
We love jam as one of the most popular toast toppings. It comes in a variety of flavors, from simple strawberry to more obscure flavors like rose petals. You can even find jam in savory variants like bacon or balsamic tomato! There’s a good chance you already have some jam in your home, as it’s a common staple of pantries around the world. If you prefer your jam a bit fresher, you can easily make it from scratch, too. You can enjoy jam as a stand-alone spread, or pair it with another toast topping like peanut butter or cottage cheese.
This popular spread can come in several varieties. You’re probably familiar with the crunchy and creamy variants, but have you tried chocolate or honey-flavored peanut butter? All-natural peanut butter has a more authentic nutty taste that’s worth a shot, too. And if you’d like a little something extra on your peanut butter toast, it goes well with some jam or sliced bananas on top. Because peanut allergies are unfortunately common, many people miss out on this tasty toast topping. But if you’d like something similar, you could try other kinds of nut butter such as almond butter, or a nut-free spread like sunflower seed butter.
If you’re looking for a sweet way to jazz up your toast, why not try some honey? For the best experience, add some butter to your toast before drizzling the honey—it’ll help balance the flavors and give the toast a softer texture. Most of the honey you can buy at the store has lots of corn syrup and other unhealthy additives. So, for a more authentic experience, consider buying some raw honey. It’s a bit pricier, but I find that it can be worth the cost. Just avoid this toast topping when feeding babies or people with weakened immune systems—it can be a potential health risk.
Mashed bananas can be the perfect healthy toast topping for when you are craving a sweet snack. Simply mash up a banana in a bowl and spread it on top of your toasted bread! To make your mashed banana toast even more dessert-friendly, I sprinkle some cinnamon or chocolate chips on top. For the best results, you should use extra-ripe bananas when using them as a toast topping. Not only will they be easier to mash, but their flavor will be at its sweetest! This makes mashed banana toast a great way to use those forgotten bananas on your counter.
Do you want to turn your toast into an easy dessert? Try using some cacao nibs as a topping! This chocolatey topping consists of crumbled cacao beans. Cacao nibs have a slightly bitter taste, so if you’re not a fan of strong, dark chocolate, you may want to skip this option. Because they’re a bit dry and crumbly, cacao nibs go best along with another toast topping. You’ll like pairing cacao nibs with some spreads to provide a balance of flavor and ensure they don’t tumble off my toast. Here are a few toast toppings that go well with cacao nibs:
- Peanut butter
- Mashed banana
- Ricotta cheese
If you enjoy ricotta cheese on your toast, you may want to give cottage cheese a shot as well. It has a similar taste and texture, though cottage cheese is a bit lumpier and lower in fats. Cottage cheese comes with plenty of nutritional benefits. Just half a cup of this soft cheese contains eleven grams of protein and 80 milligrams of calcium! That’s enough cottage cheese to cover two slices of toast, so this topping can make for a nutritious and delicious breakfast or lunch. While cottage cheese can make a great topping on its own, it also pairs well with other toast toppings. Consider adding some jam or sliced fruit to make your cottage cheese toast even tastier.
Next time you want to add some protein to your toast, consider topping it with some smoked salmon! This fish comes with plenty of nutritional value, particularly when it comes to healthy fats like omega-3. You can purchase premade smoked salmon at most grocery stores. Or if you’d like it extra fresh, you can even prepare it yourself. Smoked salmon tastes best when you pair it with another toast topping—a soft and creamy type is the best way to go. Here are a few toppings that I think go well with salmon:
- Cream cheese
- Ricotta cheese
Other toppings that pair well with smoked salmon are sesame seeds, bean sprouts, and red onions.
Eggs and toast are two key components of a classic American-style breakfast. So it should be no surprise that eggs can make a pretty great topping for your toast, too. Because there are so many different ways to cook eggs, there are a lot of different ways to enjoy them on your toast. Whether I scramble them, fry them, or poach them, eggs are sure to taste super yummy on top of some crispy bread. You can even use boiled eggs as a topping for toast—for the best results, you should slice them up and lay them on top of some mayonnaise.
Not sure what to do with the tomatoes from your garden? I wasn’t either until I tried eating them on a slice of toast! For the best experience, you should use larger tomatoes when using them as a toast topping. Smaller tomatoes are not quite as juicy, and they may slide off the bread. If possible, try to use beefsteak tomatoes—their juicy texture is ideal for toast. While a tomato can be enough on its own, this topping is even better if you pair it with some butter, mayonnaise, or cheese. You could also top your tomato toast with some salt and pepper to help bring out the flavor. Other veggie toppings would work well too – thinly sliced cucumber is another popular one to go with tomatoes for a Mediterranean flavor!